Assoċjazzjoni Wirt il-Kalkara in conjunction with the voluntary organization Saġġar, on Saturday 30 November planted 75 native Maltese trees in different areas of Kalkara. The preparatory undertakings for this initiative started several months ago when the Association demonstrated its intent to plant trees in areas with soil which were currently empty. The Saġġar organization, which presently is coordinating a national project of this kind, immediately welcomed this appeal and not only offered the necessary assistance, but also granted the necessary trees.
The planted trees are indigenous, hence non-invasive for the Maltese environment. Different species were planted, including: Chaste Tree, Buckthorn, Tamarisk, Bay Leaf, Myrtle, Sandarac Gum Tree, Holm Oak and Christ’s Thorn. The areas were selected through an inspection which was held around the streets of Kalkara, while some other trees were planted in the Primary School. Assoċjazzjoni Wirt il-Kalkara wants to pay tribute to the organization Saġġar for its aid in this initiative, the Local Council and Mayor Wayne Aquilina for the concern and the necessary permits, and to all residents that will help in the tree watering during the first years. In a statement, Assoċjazzjoni Wirt il-Kalkara stressed that this is the initiation of the ultimate goal that the number of trees in Kalkara increases and attaining the best natural environment on the island.